Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 30-05-2010, 10:41   #1
Registered User
DangerCell's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: East coast USA (normally)- Paris, France at the moment
Boat: looking
Posts: 45
Fuji Yachts...Any Good ?

Anyone know anything about these boats?

How will a boat like this sail?

1979 Fuji Sparkman and Stephens Sail Boat For Sale -

DangerCell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-05-2010, 10:56   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 153
Beautiful boat!

I have a 1979 CT41 - Taiwan built, with many of the issues one would expect of that era and a Taiwanese boat. We eventually replaced the Volvo Penta MD21A 75 hp with a new Yanmar 75 hp. Painful, but we're happier now.

A good buy, I think, if you're prepared for something major like engine replacement. And that's not necessarily a bad will become well acquainted with your boat.

SailPenelope is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-05-2010, 12:48   #3
Senior Cruiser
roverhi's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Kona, Hawaii
Boat: 1969 Pearson 35 #108
Posts: 5,446
Send a message via Yahoo to roverhi
Fuji's were decently built boats from Japan, not Taiwan. Thought they only made clipper bowed cruising ketches, however. S&S were the premier naval architects from the '30s into the '80s and still are a very high end design firm. They didn't let yards deviate from their scantlings, which were robust, and kept a tight rein on all of their builders. Would assume that's the case with the Fuji. As far as sailing, S&S were noted for building very competitive ocean race boats capable of taking on anything the sea could throw at them. The boat should go to weather like a freight train. Judging from the year of build, this was an IOR design and probably isn't going to be a downwind flyer without a chute and will have roundup problems when pushed to the limits. If sailed hard but not pushed to the limit, as in racing with a big chute, the boat will do fine off the wind. It just won't be a ULDB surfer.
roverhi is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 30-05-2010, 16:32   #4
Senior Cruiser
Jim Cate's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2008
Location: cruising SW Pacific
Boat: Jon Sayer 1-off 46 ft fract rig sloop strip plank in W Red Cedar
Posts: 9,089
Send a message via Skype™ to Jim Cate
G'DAy DAnger,

I too thought that Fuji only had built more traditional yachts. I suspect this may have been a one-off, but it's only a guess.

Anyhow, she looks very nice indeed, if the pix are current. The hull shape, from the line drawing, is not a radical IOR shape with very pinched ends, and the keel is a bit longer than a race boat from that era would likely have had. Further, the sail plan is more balanced than many IOR racers, and should work ok for you. I've owned an S&S design from that era, and would expect that this one will sail as competently as mine did... excellent all-around performers.

Hope that it works out for you.


Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Towlers Bay, NSW, Oz
Jim and Ann
s/v Insatiable back in MBTBC marina, waiting for next eye jobs to be done
Jim Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-05-2010, 18:48   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 902
I concur, anything from the S&S team will always please and make the owners happy. An SailPenelope, can you elaborate on what to expect from that age and build?? I was looking at Asian boats as well from that era. Can you give me a heads up on what to look out for??

shadow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-05-2010, 18:50   #6
Registered User
DangerCell's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: East coast USA (normally)- Paris, France at the moment
Boat: looking
Posts: 45
Thanks guys...this is good info...

But what is a "ULDB surfer"?

From what I can tell it is not a one-off. It is a production boat. They made only a few though.

I looked at a sister ship and it was solid as best I can tell in my stomping about and pulling every, drawer, floorboard, and compartment. It was also the driest boat I have seen yet after looking at about a dozen good boats thus far. No evidence of any hatch, porthole, or bedding of any kind ever leaking...all looked to be original too. This is pretty amazing considering it is 34 years observations confirmed your assertion of S+P controls. Seemed very well built...

One thing I don't like is iron ballast...and only one lazzerette hatch into one huge snaking storage area which one must enter upside down to get at the steering...after it is emptied of its contents and a panel removed :-(

And what I don't know is how these 70's S+P boats I thoroughly appreciate the input.
DangerCell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-05-2010, 05:21   #7
Moderator Emeritus
GordMay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 29,334
Images: 240
Ultra Light Displacement Boats
Bray Yacht Design and Research Ltd. - Ultra Light Displacement Boat

Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"

GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hunter Yachts 45CC (2008) - Any Good ? freetime Monohull Sailboats 6 30-08-2011 22:21
Anyone Know About a Fuji 40 ? widget55 Monohull Sailboats 5 26-09-2010 13:04
Project Fuji/Mariner M31 for sale BluesTraveler Classifieds Archive 3 14-11-2008 15:31
August 22 - A Ripping Good Sail, or, Anybody NOAA good forecaster??? skipgundlach General Sailing Forum 0 22-08-2007 16:50
Question about Fuji 32? Tim Monohull Sailboats 10 29-11-2005 13:44

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 13:13.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.